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Politics Pelosi and Mnuchin make one final attempt at Covid talks before elections

01:15  29 september  2020
01:15  29 september  2020 Source:   politico.com

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have tentatively agreed to use a short-term spending bill to avoid a The agreement on government funding comes even as the White House and top Democratic officials have been unable to reach a compromise on a new Covid relief package.

Pelosi Says Democrats Will Make New Aid ‘Proffer’ to Mnuchin . Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there’s a chance she and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin can still reach a deal on a coronavirus Democrats and the White House will have to pick up the pace to complete a package before the Nov.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are making one final attempt at striking an agreement on a massive coronavirus relief deal on Monday night, even as House Democrats prepare to move ahead with a partisan stimulus package lacking GOP support.

Nancy Pelosi standing in front of a display: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. speaks during a news conference Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. © AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. speaks during a news conference Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Pelosi and Mnuchin were scheduled to speak Monday evening, according to multiple Democratic sources. If no agreement seems likely — and it hasn’t been despite months of on-and-off negotiations — Pelosi and House Democratic leaders will hold a vote on their own bill as soon as Thursday and then go home to campaign, guaranteeing that Congress won’t send more help until after Election Day, said the sources.

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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday said they were open to restarting COVID -19 aid talks , after weeks of failed negotiations prompted President Donald Trump to take executive actions that Democrats argued would do little to ease Americans' financial

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he was willing to move forward with COVID -19 aid in some areas, but not on election funding, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Thursday. "Speaker Pelosi has been

Pelosi held a call with her leadership team Monday afternoon to discuss the current strategy. The full Democratic Caucus will be briefed on the bill Wednesday morning.

Top Democrats spent much of the weekend and Monday finalizing a roughly $2.2 trillion relief package, with initial plans to release it as soon as Monday night, though it now seems more likely to drop Tuesday. The House could vote as soon as Thursday, though nothing has been scheduled and lawmakers and aides warned that timeline could easily slip.

The vote on a Democratic proposal is intended to mollify an increasingly vocal group of moderate Democrats, who have demanded that Pelosi bring more pandemic aid bills to the floor, after key relief programs expired for millions of Americans.

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Mnuchin and Pelosi came to their understanding on Tuesday while talking on the phone about a COVID -19 Pelosi and Mnuchin did not "explicitly discuss" folding COVID -19 relief into the continuing resolution and Congress has only a few weeks to pass any legislation before the election , and the

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin resumed talks on a stalled fiscal stimulus package during a Friday afternoon phone call, Pelosi ’s office said, though there was no indication it provided any Pelosi , Mnuchin Resume Talks on U.S. Fiscal Stimulus With Call.

But the House bill, if it passes, will do little to deliver real relief to the American public. The House Democrats’ proposal will stand virtually no chance of becoming law, and both parties acknowledge that this is the final week to strike an accord before Congress departs for its roughly month-long recess before Election Day.

Democrats and Republicans are still more than $1 trillion apart in coronavirus talks, which have been stalled for months despite mounting pressure from desperate U.S. businesses and households. And Pelosi has repeatedly said Republicans will have to bridge the trillion dollar gap, noting she sliced $1 trillion from Democrats initial $3.4 trillion proposal — something GOP negotiators have been unwilling to do.

“We've come down $1 trillion and they need to come up because we have to crush this virus,” Pelosi said on MSNBC Monday.

Pelosi and Mnuchin quietly restarted talks on coronavirus aid in recent days, after the two successfully navigated a short-term fix to avert a federal government shutdown on Sept. 30.

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WASHINGTON, Aug 13 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he was willing to move forward with COVID -19 aid in some areas, but not on election funding, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Thursday.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there's a chance she and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin can still reach a deal on a coronavirus stimulus package, and that Democrats will unveil a new "proffer" Democrats and the White House will have to pick up the pace to complete a package before the Nov.

The two spoke briefly Sunday, and made plans to speak again Monday night. But Pelosi told MSNBC on Monday that Republicans would still need to commit to “much more” spending to reach a bipartisan deal on a relief package.

“When he’s ready to come back to the table we’re ready to have that conversation. But he has to come back with much more money to get the job done. So I’m hopeful. I’m optimistic,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi initially directed her committee chairmen to begin drafting a pared down coronavirus relief bill last week, shifting strategies after resisting calls for weeks to put a smaller stimulus package on the floor. Until then, Pelosi stood behind the $3.4 trillion Heroes Act the House passed in May, saying the onus was on Senate Republicans — not her — to take the next step.

But moderate Democrats, particularly those in the most vulnerable districts, were particularly uneasy with that strategy. Those Democrats, staring down the dwindling weeks before the election, have repeatedly sounded alarms in recent weeks, calling on leadership to redouble efforts to reach a bipartisan agreement.

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Pelosi , after a call with Mnuchin on the virus aid, said last week there were serious difference remaining between the Republican Trump administration " I 'm willing to sit down with her anytime to negotiate, no conditions. But right now she won't do that unless we make a large commitment up front

Made up, fake. We went through the same stories, you could have asked me the same questions four years Pelosi and Mnuchin have since spoken by phone. With formal Covid -19 relief talks stalled for Donald Trump departed Trump National in the presidential motorcade shortly before 2pm after

"As of right now, this is the last week the House has votes before we head back to our districts,” said Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), who co-leads the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus, which has pushed for months for the two parties to negotiate a deal. “It would be unconscionable for Congress to go home without taking action.”


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